edward kennedy jr. is seriously considering a run for the seat. if kennedy enters the race he may become a favorite who could beat scott brown. >>> $9 million down the tubes. mitt romney was the first non-incumbent president who got federal government money under a law passed by congress in 2010 for preparations for a transition to the white house. that $9 million has been spent on a transition that will never happen. >>> and that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> now it's time for a holiday tradition around here. and only a matter of days, santa claus will be climbing into a sleigh and traveling all around the world courtesy of eight tiny reindeer. nbc's bob redell is in north pole, alaska, where they are getting set for a big sendoff. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. i got to tell you, those things are a little bit different this year. normally santa's sleigh here in front of his house would already be partially filled with toys. clearly, that is not the case. part of the issue is, the temperature. it is minus -- i'm not kidding here. minus 48 degrees.